Lopez will start Saturday against the Cavaliers, Dan Savage of the Magic's official site reports. Mo Bamba (back) was a late scratch, so Lopez will get his first start of the year. The veteran center is averaging 5.9 points and 2.7 rebounds across 12.9 minutes per game in a reserve role this season.
Lopez and the Magic agreed to terms Tuesday on a one-year, $5 million contract, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. Lopez will head to his fourth team in as many seasons following stops in Chicago, Milwaukee and most recently Washington. Lopez appeared in 71 games for the Wizards last season, averaging 9.0 points, 3.8 rebounds and 0.6 blocks in 19.1 minutes. He'll once again fill a backup role in Orlando, where he'll slot in behind Wendell Carter and compete with Mo Bamba -- assuming Bamba remains on the roster -- for minutes.
Lopez finished with 18 points (9-11 FG), six rebounds, one assist and one steal in 27 minutes during Sunday's 115-110 victory over the Hornets. Lopez continues to play a pivotal role for the Wizards despite the fact he is coming off the bench. Alex Len started and played just four minutes, while Daniel Gafford managed eight points in 16 minutes. Lopez certainly isn't the player he once was, however, he provides the team with a veteran presence on the insid,e and his high IQ often outweighs his lack of athleticism.
Lopez had 14 points (7-11 FG) and five rebounds in Friday's win over Cleveland. The Wizards continue to start Alex Len at center, but Lopez and Daniel Gafford are also in the mix on a nightly basis. Len saw just 11 minutes Friday, while Lopez played 16 and Gafford played 21, but the trio's workloads tend to fluctuate on a night-to-night basis.
Lopez (ankle) is available for Wednesday's contest against the Lakers. As expected, the veteran will play despite a sprained left ankle following a one-game absence. This month, he's averaging 10.6 points and 2.8 rebounds in 18.2 minutes.
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